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Nevada company plans space station with inflatable pods

Nevada company plans space station with inflatable pods

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to launch a commercial space station with inflatable human habitats within seven years, the company announced in a press conference Wednesday. Sierra Nevada already has seven NASA contracts to launch its Dream Chaser spaceplane, which is being developed to fly cargo to the International Space Station starting in 2022. Advertisement Now, the firm said it aims to have its own orbiting habitat in space before NASA retires the space station around 2028. The company's orbiting space station has no name yet, but it would consist of inflatable sections connected by hardware, said Janet Kavandi, a former astronaut and an executive vice president of Sierra Nevada, during the press conference at company facilities in Littleton,...
US asks federal judge to toss out Nevada plutonium lawsuit

US asks federal judge to toss out Nevada plutonium lawsuit

Technology
The federal government wants a judge to reject Nevada’s request for a court order to remove weapons-grade plutonium from a site north of Las VegasBy KEN RITTER Associated PressNovember 18, 2019, 9:01 PM3 min read The federal government wants a judge to reject Nevada’s request for a court order to remove weapons-grade plutonium from a site north of Las Vegas, arguing that officials have already promised that no more will be shipped to the state. In documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Reno, the federal government brands as “conjectural” or “hypothetical” state claims that residents are harmed by radiation from the one-half metric ton of plutonium secretly trucked a year ago from South Carolina to Nevada. The decision cannot be undone, the material is already in the state and the...
Sierra Nevada awarded $42.7M to train Afghan Air Force on A-29 Super Tucano

Sierra Nevada awarded $42.7M to train Afghan Air Force on A-29 Super Tucano

Business
April 5 (UPI) -- Sierra Nevada Corp. has been awarded a $ 42.7 million contract for A-29 Super Tucano pilot and maintenance training for Afghanistan's Air Force. The contract is for five years, according to a Thursday announcement by the Department of Defense. The training, which is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2023, will be performed at Moody Air Base, Ga., and in Afghanistan. Fiscal 2019 building partner capacity/pseudo-foreign military sales funds in the amount of $ 5.6 million have been obligated at the time of award. The planes are built in Jacksonville, Fla., in a partnership between Sierra Nevada Corporation and Brazil's Embraer. More than 220 aircraft have been delivered to multiple nations, including the United States and Brazil, according to Embraer. The A-29 is "the m...
Sierra Nevada nabs $317M for AC-130 Precision Strike Package

Sierra Nevada nabs $317M for AC-130 Precision Strike Package

Business
March 28 (UPI) -- Sierra Nevada Corp. was awarded a $ 317 million contract for logistics support of armaments on the AC-130 attack aircraft, the Defense Department announced. The contract, announced this week, covers logistics support for the Precision Strike Package aboard the AC-130W and AC-130J. The munitions package includes a trainable 30-millimeter cannon, electro-optical and infrared sensors, special operations forces-specific communications equipment, and an integrated fire control and mission management system Work on the contract will be performed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico and Hurlburt Field, Fla., with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2026. The aircraft is based on the C-130H cargo plane and is modified to serve as an aerial gunship. The aircraft features ...